Arts and Culture

Dr Malombo fought to keep his music in a genre of its own
Dr Malombo fought to keep his music in a genre of its own
There have been few innovative contributions that have sparked such polemical responses as the tussle over the categorisation of malombo as jazz,...
The master of simplicity takes his final bow
The master of simplicity takes his final bow
The honour of having chaperoned guitarist and sound architect Dr Philip Nchipi Tabane to his last gig went not to his biological son, with whom he...
Song cycle unlocks cultural ties
Song cycle unlocks cultural ties
‘I guess for me, it’s all about integration,” says Thokozani Ndumiso Mhlambi over the clink of teaspoons and a chorus of animated mid-morning...
Why is male rage sacrosanct?
Why is male rage sacrosanct?
I have watched with interest how the trauma of men is treated, especially men who go on to traumatise others. Frankly I am disappointed, and...
M.I.A.’s collage clarifies the cause
M.I.A.’s collage clarifies the cause
In 1985, the wave of Sri Lankan refugees to South London included 10-year-old Mathangi Arulpragasam, her mother, brother and sister. Her father...
Alade sets bush festival on fire
Alade sets bush festival on fire
Technically, it would be possible to attend each of the festivals over the April to June period in the southeastern nook of Africa. The most...
Breakfast to end the blushing uneasy
Breakfast to end the blushing uneasy
Scheduling a breakfast date on a chilly Johannesburg morning seems like the first step to reconcile the previous night’s millennials-gone-wild...
Prolific American author Philip Roth dies at 85
Prolific American author Philip Roth dies at 85
Philip Roth, a prominent and prolific American author, passed away at the age of 85 on Tuesday night from congestive heart failure.
Dr Philip Tabane passes on, leaving malombo to the next generation
Dr Philip Tabane passes on, leaving malombo to the next generation
Dr Philip Nchipi Tabane, the inimitable guitarist, philosopher and conduit of malombo spirits passed away today at a Pretoria hospital.
Mx Blouse and the new-age genre-busters
Mx Blouse and the new-age genre-busters
The local music industry is undergoing a huge change. From the fringes, a new set of rules is slowly emerging, favouring individuality, unrestrained creativity and a break from a rigid obsession with prepackaged genres....
A snapshot of Sam Nzima
A snapshot of Sam Nzima
I hardly remember the drive to Sam Nzima’s house in Lilydale, Bushbuckridge, in 2014, but I can recall a few things about the day itself. Nzima,...
I voted yes for land expropriation
I voted yes for land expropriation
In two weeks, I will be done with my four-month Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Studies Writing Fellowship, a partnership between the University of Johannesburg and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore....
The Weekend guide
The Weekend guide
The Bubbly Festival: Bubbly connoisseurs can spend their weekend popping corks, filling flutes and sipping some of the best of...

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